St Paul tells us that eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived what God has prepared for those who love him. Our time of prayer in Advent is therefore a time of vigil, a period of longing redemption. When we miss these times of longing, our spiritual life gets out of balance, and we'll find that the ground is not prepared for what, or rather who, is coming.
Hospitality on the frontiers Mourad Abu Seif SJ is a member of the Near East Province currently doing tertianship in Dublin. He spoke at a Colloquium in Rome in commemoration of the 34th anniversary of the foundation of the Jesuit Refugee Service
The disciples experienced three things at the Transfiguration: the glory of Jesus, the nearness of God, and the eternal dimension of our lives. It's this glimpse of the eternal that gives meaning to our lives, that teaches us that there is more to our life than what is around us.
When we were younger we may have occasionally thought that there were things in our life which ought to be changed, but as we grow up, this desire tends to stall. We're left with the paradox of living the life of the Resurrection now, but also expecting it's fullness at the end of time. The Kingdom of God is already here but not fully; a present reality but in tension. It’s still coming, in its fullness; still to arrive in joyfulness.
St Ignatius was a skilled fundraiser who honoured the donors who enabled the Society of Jesus to grow and thrive so quickly in his lifetime. His only trip to Britain was in search of funds, and he rejoiced to find great generosity here.